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Public option really, truly, probably dead

By Ben Pershing
Unless this is a horror movie -- and at this point, it might be -- it appears that the public option is really, truly dead. Probably.

After Joe Lieberman drew a line in the sand over the weekend, Senate Democrats met Monday to chart the way forward on health reform, as leaders appear ready to jettison the last vestige of a public option: the Medicare buy-in for those aged 55-64. After the gathering, the Associated Press reports, Harry Reid "did not say flatly that Democrats had decided to drop the proposal for uninsured Americans as young as 55 to purchase coverage under Medicare. But several senators said it appeared inevitable, and liberals sounded resigned to it." Lieberman, for his part, said he was "encouraged about the direction these talks are going." The New York Times ledes: "Just the thought of Joseph I. Lieberman makes some Democrats want to spit nails these days. But Mr. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent, is not the least troubled by his status as Capitol Hill's master infuriator -- and on Monday he showed how powerful that role can be at a time when Democrats cannot spare a single vote."

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By Ben Pershing  |  December 15, 2009; 8:26 AM ET
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The fact remains that big insurance by refusing care to patients and reimbursement to doctors over typos has ticked everyone off - both patients and doctors. They have a virtual monopoly over the whole process a hugely well financed lobby team and representatives on both sides of the isle.

A friend of mine recently laid off without children - just he and his spouse is paying $2,500.00 dollars a month for his COBRA - that is outrageous. Health insurance costs more than his mortgage – unbelievable.

When Bush implored people to go out and spend - well that's kind of hard to do when you are buried in health care bills, filling and refilling out forms and in foreclosure because you made a typo.

The system is broke and well heavily stacked in the insurance industry's favor - with no incentive except global economic melt down to fix it.

Oh wait a minute didn't that just happen....

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Posted by: JourneyHomeBurke | December 16, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

mwhoke is not a serious person. The GOP does not want Health Care, the GOP does not want a cleaner environment, the GOP does not want a strong middle class.

What the GOP wants is turncoats and liars like the Pious Fraud Holier than G-d Joe Lie-Berman.

What the GOP wants is endless wars fought by the poor.

What the GOP wants is ugliness and exurban sprawl, where franchised strip malls despoil the earth and then go bankrupt and move to the next township for tax breaks

Unlike most GOP right wing zealots, I voted for the Liar and the Backstabber and the Revenge seeking moral midget, Joe Lie-Berman. Now I am ashamed that any part of my life has to even know about this disgusting weasel.

I thank God that Joe Lieberman and his tired pompous, poison the well act will never be allowed to even mention the words "Oval Office". This oily money-changer needs to take the money he and his abominable second wife have stowed and go back to the rock they crawled out from under and let this country try to heal.

I am not alone in saying that I voted for Lie-Berman, but Never Again. Once is enough for this backstabbing and value-free fraud.

Bah! Lie-Berman belongs to the Rush Limbaugh gang of hedonists who make themselves rich by destroying any sense of goodness.

Posted by: wapoisrightwingrag | December 15, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

the public option don't have to be dead if the democrastics would stop being spineless they are in control of the white house the congress and they are so afraid of losing thiers seat which they are going to lose them anyway due to not having any guts the little ole gop have everything going thiers way they said no to everything and the democrastis don't how to act in power they will be like the gop when the election come up next year people are going to find someone who really will work for the people and not for thiers selves they haven't got the message when the people went to the polls last year and voted for change they want to see things changing and not the same old way things are run in washington d.c. and the joe lie-ber-man last name explain what he's about he sold the people in his state out for 30 pieces of sliver and the people in this country and he needs to be remove from his chairmanship and i'm sure he want be senator in his home state when it come time for the next election, and he should go on and join the [gop] he votes with him anyway.

Posted by: nyokadavis | December 15, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think and hope what were really are witnessing is the death of the democratic party. In my option it's time for a Big third party. We should just scrap congress and start voting online. We all know how corrupt our system has become, we can not rely on the corrupt system to fix itself. We have the technology to pull it off and I think we should. Give a voice back to the people of America.

Posted by: drtodd1977 | December 15, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The polls show an overwhelming groundswell against the health care bill that Pelosi and then Reid have crafted behind closed doors.

The public is fearful of the new taxes, so-called cuts from Medicare and the effect this program would have on the deficit and the national debt.

Why can't the Democrats and the White House reach out to the Republicans and craft a health care bill that contains some of their proposals?

Almost everyone agrees that the health care system in the United States needs reforms and one party does not have a monopoly on good ideas.

A bipartisan approach would be approved by the vast majority of the American people!

Posted by: mwhoke | December 15, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

The president's priorities have shifted - for better or worse - from one of actual legislative accom0lishment to a hope of scoring at least a minor political victory. It's the political realities that this is all the White House can hope for.

But the Dems had better watch out now that the president has put Lieberman in full control of any health care bill.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 15, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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